Virtual Gallery Visits

with Maureen & Maggie

Below is the list of visits we have made to galleries and artists around the world whilst our own regional galleries have been unaccessible for us during covid restrictions:

2021 Online Visits

February : The National Gallery of Scotland–The Scottish Colourists and The Glasgow Girls

We are starting the year witWe are indulging our interest in Scotland and Colour with this first online gallery visit.  We visit the National Gallery of Scotland and learn about The Scottish Colourists, a group of four men. This first video provides an introduction to these 4 painters: 

Interested in finding more about these?  Insights into each of these painters and their work is included in these short videos : (Just SKIP the ads when you can, to proceed to the video)

  • GL Hunter (3:42 mins) This short video “How the Colourists Shocked the British Art World” shows some of George Leslie Hunter’s work and introduces the other artists. 
  • FCB Cadell (7:34 mins) (Cadell – known as Bunty – considered “the most Scottish” who spent much of his time in Iona)
  • JD Fergusson (7:57 mins) (We enjoyed inclusion of background information on his partner, Margaret Morris and her career)
  • SJ Peploe  (7:17 mins) (love the still lifes, particularly with tulips)

 To add some gender balance to this Scottish History, you might enjoy this short video on The Glasgow Girls (5:43 mins), women artists and designers working in Scotland around the same time as the Colourists (late 1800s to early 1900s).

2020 Online Visits

April, May, June & July:

We started with the Courtauld Gallery, London; then had a look at the Great Cats by Tokuhiro Kawai in May; a visit to the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art for the work of Mavis Ngallametta in June; and the work of South African-based artist Billie Zangewa in July.

View this link: April to July 2020 COVID GALLERY TOURS U3A PORT FAIRY

Also in July: AMONG THE TREES, Hewward Gallery London

The first link provides an introduction to the exhibition Among the Trees  presented by the Director of the Heyward Gallery in the Southbank Centre London (4.15min) In the second link we meet one of the artists, Eva Jospin explaining the philosophy behind her work.

August: OFF to the USA


Judy Barie, Director of Galleries with the Chautauqua Institution takes us through an exhibition at the Strohl Art Centre, LA.  “Wallpaper Diaries” pays homage to the US Pattern and Decoration Movement of the 1970s. The movement — also known as P&D— formed in opposition to the Modernist idea that art which used decoration and ornamentation was frivolous and superficial. The movement was inspired by work that many white male artists dismissed as domestic, applied arts: textiles, embroidery, wallpaper, mosaics and glassware.

Still visiting USA – NY & Minnesota


Kent Monkman was selected to create two monumental paintings for The Met’s Great Hall. Monkman, born in Canada in 1965, is a Cree artist widely known for his provocative interventions into Western European and American art history. He explores themes of colonization, sexuality, loss, and resilience—the complexities of historic and contemporary Indigenous experiences—across a variety of mediums, including painting, film, performance, and installation.

The first link is to an interview with Kent explaining his inspiration and the making of these pieces.  The second link takes you the Met where you can view these paintings —  Welcoming the Newcomers and Resurgence of the People — with both the curator and artist commenting on the work. 

September: Contemporary non-traditional artists, and a Spring Exhibition in Lake Country, British Columbia

1.  Artist Nick Cave discusses his work in an Exhibition at the Denver Art Museum.

An Exhibition Tour with Nick Cave grabbed our attention – but not the Nick Cave we were thinking of.  Another fascinating Nick Cave who is a sculptural artist who uses found objects, including porcelain dogs, textiles, buttons, beads, and anything else. If you are a bowerbird you might be inspired by his pieces and find some use for all your collections.

2.  Yayoi Kusama an influential figure in avant-garde art

This video shares the fascinating journey of Yayoi Kusama from rural Japan to the New York art scene and contemporary Tokyo: 

More examples of her work shown in this short video:

3.  Spring Exhibition in Lake Country, British Columbia

You will enjoy this visit to a Canadian Art Gallery in BC exhibiting four contemporary artists: John Waite, Lois Huey-Heck, Michael Griffin and Liz Earl Lake Country Art Gallery Curator talks about art in the spring 2020 exhibition:


Bayside Art Gallery, Victoria – Current online exhibition: Greenworld:

This is an interesting exhibition, exploring the relationship between an individual and their surroundings and the role nature plays in human consciousness..


The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam has wonderful resources and videos on their website. Here are two:

  1. Hugs (Something special in these times)
  2. Female Leadership (Something special in herstory

For a longer visit to this museum (15 mins) enjoy this BBC Scotland video celebrating the re-opening in 2013 of the Rijksmuseum. This is the first of 4 short videos:  

  1. A Night at the Rijksmuseum: If you enjoyed the first in the series, here are the links to 2, 3 and 4:

What is Amsterdam famous for?  Amsterdam has more canals than Venice; it’s liberal in matters of sex and drugs; it rains a lot; everyone cycles; and some residents live on boats.  It also has more culture per capita than anywhere else and  there is a floating feline sanctuary named the Cat Boat:

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